Boy with Flowers
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Boy with Flowers 1955 - 1957
  • Artist Rooms
Warhol’s voyeuristic interest in the male body can be seen throughout his oeuvre, especially in films such as ‘Sleep’ of 1963 and his stitched photographs of 1986. This fascination is first evident in his early line drawings of young men from the mid to late 1950s, of which many were included in his ‘Drawings for a Boy Book’ exhibition at the Bodley Gallery, New York in 1956. In this drawing the facial features and flowers in the background have been reduced to individual decorative shapes. The style of Warhol’s boy drawings, such as 'Boy With Flowers', is similar to the work of Henri Matisse and Jean Cocteau, of whom both employed a reductive, linear drawing technique and whose work Warhol admired.

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Oeuvre

French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.

Voyeurism

Sexual pleasure gained from secretly watching other people naked or in sexual situations.

Oeuvre, Voyeurism

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00271
  • Medium Ink on paper
  • Size 42.50 x 35.10 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008